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Many High-Profile Actresses Are Bringing Activists to the Golden Globes

It'll be about more than just black dresses

Amanda Bell

The Golden Globes might ordinarily be a cocktail-heavy celebration of film and television, but this year's event is poised to be filled with messages about the current state of the industry and beyond.

After the #MeToo movement turned 2017 into a year of reckoning for Hollywood hotshots who'd otherwise gotten away with alleged sexual assault and harassment, women in the entertainment business have been banding together to control the narrative and inform how the landscape will change and be better for survivors of abuse while also hopefully preventing the scourge from carrying through to the new year.

One such effort has been an announced intention for ladies who stand in solidarity with victims who've come forward against Harvey Weinstein to wear black to tonight's glitzy event. Others have worked together to form a foundation to support whistle-blowers who may need to defend themselves against retaliation in Hollywood and other industries and will wear a Time's Up pin to show their commitment to that cause.

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According to The Los Angeles Times, actresses Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler and Susan Sarandon have each elected to bring an advocate for social justice along as their plus-ones for the 2018 Golden Globes.

In a joint statement announcing the decision, the actresses said, "Our goal in attending the Golden Globes is to shift the focus back to survivors and on systemic, lasting solutions. This moment in time calls for us to use the power of our collective voices to find solutions that leave no woman behind."

The guests expected to join the actresses at the Globes include Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement and director of Girls for Gender Equity; Marai Larasi of Imkaan, a black feminist network organization based in the U.K.; political commentator and independent journalist Rosa Clemente; Ai-jen Poo of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; Mónica Ramírez of the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Native American rights activist Calina Lawrence; Saru Jayaraman, the president of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United and ROC Action and director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley; and Billie Jean King, whom Stone portrayed in Battle of the Sexes.